XRover: First rugged phone from Leagoo expected soon
We all know them for sponsoring the Tottenham Spurs and the iPhone look-a-like named S9. But the latest news from the Leagoo stables proofs the Chinese manufacturer can be original too. Leagoo has announced the first rugged smartphone in their range and it looks good: The Leagoo XRover.
When I think of Leagoo, I usually think of cheap and low-end to midrange devices. The Leagoo S8 Pro (a higher end version of their S8) never stood in the spotlights properly. One of the reasons for that could’ve been the price. When I think of smartphones above the 250 euro marker, Leagoo is just not the first brand to pop in your head. And yet, their latest release, the Leagoo XRover will be in that price range again. Let’s take a look at the specs we know so far to see if that price is justified.
First thing I should mention is the fact the XRover is a rugged phone, with an IP68 rating. This means that the smartphone is entirely waterproof and dustproof. On top of that Leagoo has also built the Leagoo XRover so that it can withstand the occassional drop and made it shockproof. Then again the tri-proofing alone doesn’t make a phone worth over 250 euro. In fact there are IP68 phones available under the 100 euro marker. The XRover also has a huge screen for a rugged phone since it comes equipped with a 5.72″ 18:9 HD+ display.
The heart of the Leagoo XRover is the Helio P23 octa-core SoC together with no less than 6GB of RAM. You won’t have to be afraid to run out of storage since the XRover comes with 128GB ROM. Also in the camera segment the XRover is different from most rugged phones. The phone is equipped with a dual rear camera sporting a 13MP & 5 MP dual camera (main sensor being a Sony IMX258) and an 8MP Sony IMX219 selfie shooter on the front. Everything get’s its power from a 5000mAh battery with 9V/2A fast-charging support. So all in all the Leagoo XRover looks like a great rugged phone, but when I look at the price setting and at phones like for example the AGM X2 or the Blackview BV9000 that are about the same price.
I seriously wonder… Would I trust a first-time rugged device? Sure, why not. Enough to pay the same 300 I would pay for a rugged phone from on of the brands that make rugged phones their core business? In all honesty, I can’t say. So let’s see how it all unfolds. Let’s wait for the first testers and reviewers to come with their verdict. For now I think it’s an original looking rugged phone with a decent build. And proof that Leagoo doesn’t need to copy others to come with a great new device.